Thanks to an attentive driver, I still have my husband

Stephanie Ziebarth

Thursday provided another opportunity to cherish one I love. We need to remember that life can change in a moment. Fortunately for our family, Thursday did not include tragedy.

My husband had just visited Joy El's after-school Bible program ( in Hancock, MD. On his way home, he looked both ways before beginning to pull out onto Highway 75. He heard honking and looked up to see the driver and passenger on the opposite side of the intersection frantically gesturing him to stop.

I'm glad he noticed. Milliseconds later, a truck sped by at presumably the speed limit of 60 MPH. The truck had obviously been in a blind spot of some sort, and my husband narrowly missed being broad-sided at high speed.

My greatest thanks in this is that my husband is alive and well. But I am also very thankful that the people on the opposite side of the intersection were paying attention to their surroundings, rather than using their phones, as people often do. These people were stopped at an intersection and still paying attention to their surroundings, but today's drivers don't limit their phone usage to times when they're not driving.

And I am not referring to people talking on their phones, but actually looking at the screens, using their hands to text or scroll"while navigating traffic.

In fact, I have recently begun to consider honking at drivers who are more involved with their phones than their driving, because I see so many as I go about my day. Once, while my student-driver daughter was driving us west on Highway 16, I saw 10 drivers in a row playing with their phones, rather than watching the road.

It continues to amaze me.

Thoughts? Would the distracted drivers swerve when I honk? Raise their fists (or other appendages) in annoyance? Would it help? Is there hope that people will return to safe driving?